New digital methods to make music.

CONTACT: Augmented Acoustics from Felix Faire on Vimeo.

CONTACT is a tangible audio interface to manipulate and visualize sounds generated from interaction with a simple wooden surface.

Any physical contact with the table generates acoustic vibrations which are manipulated and visualized LIVE as they occur using several communicating pieces of software.

All code will be opensource and available on github.

Bartlett School of Architecture
Tutor: Ruairi Glynn

Mosquito Food

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Went up into the White Mountains this past weekend to enjoy time with friends and take in live music at an outdoor party. The weather was perfect. The second day of clear skies, temperature flirting with 90f, with a very light breeze, but also humidity. A quite manageable environment with the wearing of light weight clothing and substantial liquid refreshments.
At these events the weather is frequently a topic of conversation. It’s not unusual to start with “How’d ya make out this winter?” or “Spring broke late this ye-ah around he-ah.” Inevitably the conversation transitions to plants or pests. Overheard, 1 “Did you have many Noseeum’s?, 2 “I didn’t see um.” I heard that the recent temps had been more cool than normal and not many Mosquitoes were around. Well, apparently on the second day of 90f with no rain a new batch of vampire Mosquitoes had joined our party.
These are strong bugs. Even after an overall repellent spray these vampire Mosquitoes will land on your clothing and get at you through your clothing. I’m writing this to alert others and remind myself for my next White Mountains visit.

Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’: 40 Years Later, 40 Facts About The Mad Classic

Music trivia re: Pink Floyd

Sure, like everybody else, you’ve listened to Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon so many times that you can recite not just every line but every heartbeat, clock tick, and cash register ring by heart. But how much do you really know about the landmark prog classic, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month?

To celebrate the 40 years we’ve been listening to what is arguably the preeminent rock album of the 1970s, here are 40 things you ought to know about Dark Side. Because lunacy breeds albums about lunacy, and albums about lunacy breed lunatic obsessions with album trivia. Let’s start with that iconic cover art, shall we?

Read it…

HT to Mr. Cooper